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Creative Discovery Museum opens an exhibition on the second floor ArtSpace

ArtSpace is officially open!

Chattanooga, TN (Press Release) – ArtSpace is officially open! This exhibition is the most recent completed phase of the Ignite Discovery capital countryside renovations. The grand opening on August 27 was highly anticipated and well received by Creative Discovery Museum (CDM) members, visitors, donors and members of Chattanooga’s arts community.

In this new exhibition, visitors can discover the visual and performing arts through hands-on activities and interactive elements covering a variety of techniques and forms:

  • Guatemala: Family Traditions teaches Dia de Todos los Santos (All Saints) visitors how to make kites and the important role food plays in cultural traditions.
  • The indoor/outdoor art studio allows clients to create artistic projects in a variety of media with the assistance and supervision of staff. Projects change regularly, so there’s always something new to try!
  • In Appalachian Arts, enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional ramp festival. Learn the art of fly tying and marble playing. Discover bluegrass and folk music with our very own Chattanooga legend, Fletcher Bright. Or test your skills with turkey calls.
  • The ever-popular music room has been recreated on the second floor with drums, piano, guitar and microphone to create a true studio feel. Just outside the music studio is an art installation by Songbirds, created by DOOWELL Design and Consulting, dedicated to the “Big 9”.
  • The Textile and Weaving Room showcases basket weaving techniques, quilt designs and patterns, and more with a video by master teacher Sue Williams.
  • Local dance studio D. Williams Dance Academy has choreographed dances for visitors to learn in our new dance studio.
  • And to top it off, there are three flying puppet pigs with movable legs, wings and eyes named Orville, Henrietta and Matilda created by TJ Hanretta.

“With the opening of the new ArtSpace exhibit, the Creative Discovery Museum continues to introduce the arts to children from an early age,” said Anne B. Pope, executive director of the Tennessee Arts Commission. “This exhibit continues to grow and support the Tennessee arts community both locally in Chattanooga and regionally through interactive and hands-on experiences.”

Many local artists have contributed art installations or reproductions that are featured in ArtSpace. Artists include:

  • Shaun LaRose, artist
  • Olga de Klein, artist
  • Alex Paul Loza, artist
  • Isaac Duncan, III, sculptor
  • Tara Hamilton, comic book illustrator
  • TJ Hanretta, Puppeteer
  • Terry Cannon, visual arts and found objects
  • Joy Taylor, visual arts and muralist
  • Baggs McKelvey, installation art
  • Carrie Pendergrass, printmaking and mixed media

Local students will also have featured artwork in select locations throughout the exhibit.

“We are thrilled to present an exhibit that provides many opportunities for children to express their creativity through different art forms,” said Henry Schulson, President and CEO of CDM. “When we opened over 27 years ago, we had little connection to the local arts community. This exhibition celebrates the close relationship we have with local artists and highlights their talents in all their diversity.

In addition to the opening of ArtSpace, other popular exhibits have reopened on the second floor, including Buzz Alley and the Tower. Make It has also moved from the first floor in its home to the new STEM Zone exhibit on the second floor. The remaining galleries in the STEM area and the outdoor rooftop area, TreeHouse Adventure, are still under renovation and are expected to be open by November.

ArtSpace is supported by funding from ArtsBuild and the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC), as well as the Bright family, the Caldwell and Cake families, Chuck Chitty, and the Bobby Stone Foundation. CDM is an ArtsBuild Community Arts Partner. TAC’s funding was supported, in whole or in part, by Federal Award Number SLFRP5534 awarded to the State of Tennessee by the United States Department of Treasury.

To learn more about the Ignite Discovery fundraising campaign and full renovations underway at CDM, visit

About the Museum of Creative Discovery
The Creative Discovery Museum (CDM) is an interactive non-profit children’s museum offering educational programs and exhibits in the arts and sciences. The Museum serves nearly 300,000 people each year through museum tours, educational programs, free and discounted admissions and more. CDM is a top tourist attraction and ranks among the top children’s museums in the country. The Museum’s vision is to make our community the best place a child can grow up.

Visit us daily except Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 321 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga, TN 37402. To learn more, visit and follow us on instagram, Facebookand Twitter.